Intellectual Skills Development Program

Intellectual Skills Development Program

We are located on the second floor of Ellsworth Hall in room 1260.

  • 1903 West Michigan Ave.
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5303
  • (269) 387-4411

Mission Statement

The mission of the Intellectual Skills Development Program (ISDP) is to identify, as soon as possible, new students who do not meet entry-level competencies in reading, writing, and mathematics and to provide for their achieving competency as soon as possible after enrollment.


Your placement in these reading, writing, and mathematics is based on a combination of ACT or SAT scores and high school GPA.  If you have taken both the ACT and SAT, or have taken either of them more than once, your highest score is used to determine placement. For more information see Reading Placement, Math Placement, and Writing Placement.

Skills building courses:

  • LS 1040, Effective College Reading (2 credits)
  • ENGL 1000, Basic Writing (4 credits, graded as credit/no credit only)
  • MATH 1090, Computational Skills (2 credits)

Skills courses must be completed before you have 33 credits.  Credits earned in skill building classes are not included in the 122 minimum credits required for graduation.

Transfer Students

Domestic and international transfer students will abide by the Intellectual Skills requirements for transfer students.

If you have any questions, please call the Director of Intellectual Skills at (269) 387-4411.


Center for Academic Success Programs
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5303 USA
269.387.4411 | 269.387.4418 Fax